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    Ombudsman absolves Aquino, Trillanes of treason charges

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017


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    MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman has absolved former president Benigno Aquino III and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of the treason and espionage charges filed against the two.

    The said criminal complaints are relative to the alleged backchannel talks with China during the past administration over the tension in the West Philippine Sea due to disputed territories.

    Through the 16-page resolution, the ombudsman said, no probable cause was found to prove the treason and espionage complaints.

    The Ombudsman has explained that despite the territorial disputes, there is no war between the Philippines and China, therefore, no treason has been committed. — UNTV News & Rescue

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    Drug charge against De Lima fake, pure invention – Justice Carpio

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — In his dissenting opinion, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio enumerated the essential elements of an illegal drug trading case, which  Sen. Leila de Lima is facing.

    To establish a case, the buyer and seller must be identified, the kind of illegal drugs and the transaction must be confirmed.

    These were absent in the case of De Lima which also said that she received P10-million drug money and a P100,000 weekly “tara” or grease money from each of the high profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison.

    For Justice Carpio, the charge against De Lima is fake and pure invention and it will be a gross injustice if the court will allow her continued detention.

    He said that the Sandiganbayan, not the RTC should try the case since the allegations happened when De Lima was still the DOJ secretary.

    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno agrees that De Lima’s arrest must be nullified and let the Ombudsman handle the investigation.

    Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa said the Muntinlupa RTC should have dismissed the case.

    For Justice Bernabe, the RTC has no jurisdiction and Judge  Guerrero has no choice but to dismiss the case.

    Justice Leonen noted that De Lima is a vocal critic of the Duterte administration and the charge is only meant to silence the senator.

    Justice Caguioa said Judge Guerrero gravely abused her discretion and it is only right for De Lima to seek remedy with the Supreme Court.

    For Justice Francis Jardeleza, the RTC judge violated De Lima’s rights when she ordered the arrest without first resolving the question her jurisdiction in the case.

    De Lima can still seek a reconsideration of the high court’s decision.

    But two justices need to change their position to reverse the ruling in her favor. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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    DA Food Masters take on Ombudsman Graft busters on Oct. 15

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017

    Department of Agriculture’s Jimwell Torion (#4) comming out from screen by his teammate Ricky Mangalindan (#15) during their game against the PDEA on the elimination round of UNTV Cup Season 6 on September 19, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Russell Julio / Photoville International)

    MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Agriculture Food Masters are set to face off with the Ombudsman Justice Boosters as they step into their third game in the league of public servants.

    The Food Masters, now with one game won and one game lost, admit there are many areas for improvement and more to prepare for especially that opponents are guarding reinforcement player Jimwell Torion.

    Head Coach Zaldy Realubit said his club needs to beef up on defense.

    “Siguro mag-adjust pa sa mga bagay… hindi kami nakaka-shoot. Hindi kami marunong dumepensa (Maybe we will adjust on things… we couldn’t shoot baskets. We couldn’t defend),” he said.

    As the Food Masters gear up against the Graft Busters, which now has a 0-1 win-loss record, the UNTV Cup crowd must watch out for more action and new plays from the rookie team.

    “Inaanyayahan ko po kayo na panoorin kami ulit, mga Food Masters. Sigurado po marami po kaming ipakikitang bago na laro namin sa susunod na laro (I invite you all to watch us again, the Food Masters. I assure you that we will showcase new plays at the next game),” Team captain Augustin Manganip Jr said.

    The battle between the DA Food Masters and the Ombudsman Graft Busters takes place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:30 pm at the Pasig City Sports Center.

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    Games (Sunday)
    Game 1:  2:00pm AFP vs. COA
    Game 2:  3:30pm Ombudsman vs. DA
    Game 3:  5:00pm Senate vs. GSIS
    Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


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    Ombudsman to face three impeachment complaints

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

    Tanggulang Demokrasiya

    MANILA, Philippines – Atty Greco Belica and a group called Tanggulang Demokrasiya believe that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is guilty of selective justice.

    The group’s legal counsel, Atty. Manuelito Luna, said the Ombudsman favors those who have put her in her present position in the government.

    “Kasi ang Ombudsman ay namimili lamang ng kakasuhan. Kung hindi sila kakampi ni Pnoy agad-agad may kaso. Pero kung LP eh mukhang natatagalan ang kaso and kung aaskyunan man dismissed (The Ombudsman is selective in whom to prosecute. If allied with Pnoy (Aquino), they will face charges immediately. But if its a member of the LP (Liberal Party), filing of the case takes longer, and if ever there is one, it will be dismissed),” Luna said.

    The lawyer added that they are now reviewing the complaint that they have drafted before submitting it to the Lower House so that the lawmakers will not see any loopholes in it.

    Aside from Luna’s group, the families and relatives of the 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force who were slain in Mamasapano Maguindanao, and other former lawmakers are also preparing their respective impeachment complaints against the Ombudsman.

    They are confident that the lawmakers who signified their willingness to endorse their complaints will remain steadfast and supportive of them.

    The group targets to file the complaint on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, Liberal Party congressmen filed at the Lower House a resolution that showed support to the Ombudsman, Monday.

    “The purpose is to protect and preserve the independence of the constitutional body like the ombudsman and to allow her to do her work,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said.

    The Office of the Ombudsman is yet to respond to UNTV’s text and calls regarding the matter. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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